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Chaplin: A Village Suspended in Time

August 25, 2020

In preparing for this article I perused the Town of Chaplin website. A section about the town’s history starts with this sentence, “An extraordinary early 19th century building boom and a 20th century road improvement project created Chaplin, a village suspended in time.” I first […]


A Public and Private Partnership to Conserve Purple Martins

August 18, 2020

I always enjoy hearing from readers of this column. A few weeks back Mariano Librojo from Norwich contacted me and sent pictures of three purple martin “apartments” he erected in his backyard. The structures are set up on tall poles and each has a cluster […]


TLGV Announces New Board Officers and Members

August 17, 2020

At its recent Annual Meeting, held at Creaser Park in Coventry, members of The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) elected new officers and board members. Joining Board Chairman Mike Nelson of Norwich, CT are Myra Ambrogi of Plainfield, CT as Vice Chairman; Lisa Hayden of […]


TLGV Member Program – Sunday, August 30

August 13, 2020

Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid for a sunset paddle at Mansfield Hollow Lake on Sunday, August 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. We had so much fun at the sunset paddle on July 31 at West Thompson Lake that we decided to do this again […]


Calling All Photographers! Show off Your Talent in TLGV’s 2021 Calendar

August 13, 2020

Submission deadline extended to Oct. 9. The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is searching for 13 photos that capture the unique spirit of the National Heritage Corridor. The selected images will appear in the 2021 TLGV Calendar and hang proudly in businesses and homes throughout […]


Burdock, the “Velcro” of wild plants

August 11, 2020

“Nature seems partial to the burdock. What extra pains she seems to have taken to perpetuate this worse than useless plant! Every man’s hand is against it, and nearly every animal has reason to detest it. Against their wills they are engaged in sowing its […]


Dweller of both woods and water: eastern or red-spotted newt

August 4, 2020

After a dry spell we finally had two days with a combination of passing showers, an evening of steady rain and then heavy downpours by the bucket-full for 10 to 20 minutes or so. The following day was sunny and very warm, so I took […]


Exploring Bald Eagle Nests in The Last Green Valley

July 29, 2020

For several years now I have hiked a little used trail that winds along the banks of a tributary to the Quinebaug River. The river twists through a heavy canopy of trees and can be 30 or more feet from bank to bank. Every year […]


The American Chestnut Tree: Tragic Past and Hopeful Future

July 27, 2020

On a late June morning I met up with about 25 people at the parking area of the Wyndham Land Trust’s Bull Hill Project in Thompson and Woodstock. We weren’t there just to hike to the top of Bull Hill for the view, rather we […]